What is Extravaganza?
Posted by Nicole Smith on 8/21/2013
Extravaganza is the annual major fundraiser for Berks Catholic. The first Extravaganza was such a success that 30+ years later, we are still enjoying this fun-filled evening. This event is worked on year round and on average raises $175,000 to $225,000.
Thurday night prior to the Auction, a Wine and Cheese Preview night is held. All donors and parents are invited to be guests of the school for refreshments and the opportunity to bid on all Silent Auction items, plus a special “Family and Donor Night” booth of items and homeroom baskets for that night only. It’s our thank-you to our business patrons and loyal friends for contributing to the success of the auction.
On Extravaganza night, guests are greeted by the valet parking attendants and make their way into our hallway gallery. Guests enjoy viewing the oral auction items and silent auction items during the “cocktail hour.” A Gourmet Dinner is served to over 250+ guests in our gym, which has been transformed into a spectacular venue, according to the year’s theme.
During dinner, the auctioneer holds a “Live Auction” of over 50 major items, ranging from jewelry to furniture to vacation trips and more.
Meanwhile, around the sides of the gym, six “Silent Auction” booths are open for bidding. They are filled with almost 700 smaller items in categories covering everything imaginable: small appliances, antique china, sports equipment, toys, gift certificates of all kinds, jewelry, artwork, crafts, etc.
Guests write their bids on slips in front of each booth; the booths close at half-hour intervals during the evening and the final bid wins.
Over the past 30+ years, Extravaganza has raised over $4 million for our catholic high school. The key to Extravaganza’s success is through the cooperation and generosity of parent, alumni and Berks County’s business community. And with this success comes the continued commitment to high-quality, faith-based education for all our students.